Smoked Red Pepper & Garlic Bean Dip

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This dip is simply awesome.  It’s got a little kick, and is so flavoursome.  It can be eaten on toast, you can make bruschetta with it, or have it with crudités. It’s also great in sandwiches for picnics, so mark this as a sandwich filler too –  particularly if you serve it on ciabatta bread with thinly sliced tomatoes and olives, a drizzle of oil on the tomatoes, and you have the perfect sandwich ever.  […]

Smoked Chilli Feast

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This is a delightful chilli. I served mine with a mixture of short grain brown rice and pearl barley mixed – I boiled the two together.  Then I dolloped on a couple of spoons of vegan yoghurt, and some plain tortillas. INGREDIENTS olive oil 1 400g tin crushed tomatoes 1 large onion, finely chopped 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 cups veggie mince (I use Linda McCartney myself) 1 400g tin borlotti beans 1 cup cooked […]

Best Ever Vegan ‘Steak’ Sandwich On The Planet With Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

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The traditional steak sandwich is a fairly simple affair – a slab of good quality grilled or fried beefsteak served on bread or in a roll with a choice of toppings.  Fried onions are a must in my book – in fact, I have caramelized mine, and also added a simple but tasty mushroom topping.  You can accompany this with a simple salad garnishing – and you have yourself a great VEGAN MANFOOD pick-me-up ! […]

Golden Sticky Barley Rice with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Sweet Pan Fried Veggies

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This dish is really quite simple to make, extraordinarily delicious, daring, and real fun. The aromas will be wonderful, and the zest and tangy sweetness from the marmalade marry very well with the awaiting sundried tomatoes.  A magic combo of ingredients, both contrasting and complementary at the same time.  Your buds will love you after this. INGREDIENTS ¾ cup pearl parley ¾ cup short grain brown rice olive oil 1½ Tbsp tomato paste 4 to […]

Vegan Chinese Sweet & Sour ‘Pork’

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This is one of the most delicious sweet and sour sauces I have ever had, however, the balance of sweet vs sour is very much a personal matter, so you may wish to adjust the ingredients to strike the balance that suits you. BATTER INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 tsp egg replacer powder (I used Orgran, or you can get Ener-G in the US) 1 Tbsp vegetable oil just under ½  cup […]

Vegan Traditional Pork Pie

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The traditional English pork pie is said to have originated from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.  This wonderful vegan version offers all the flavour of the original, without the cruelty or the cholesterol ! INGREDIENTS 1 large white onion, very finely chopped and set aside 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 cups vegan mince (I used Linda MacCartney’s mince) 6 vegan sausages (if frozen, pre-thaw for 40 minutes or so) – I use Linda McCartney’s 2 […]

Fruit & Nut Chocolate Truffle Slice

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This is simply one awesome, sublime, decadent, smooth treat.  Back in the day I used to enjoy my Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut chocolate, and I have always been partial to an occasional truffle.   This creation provides both in one slice.  It’s very rich, and simply too good to be true !  Also easy to make, which makes it even more appealing. INGREDIENTS 200g non-dairy dark chocolate (get a good brand) 1 to 2 Tbsp molasses […]

Strawberry, Avocado & Coriander Nut Salad with a Sweet Balsamic Dressing

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This salad is so tasty and moreish.  You can have it as an accompaniment with any main course, or just as it is with a dip and rice cakes – or hot pitta bread, or whatever takes your fancy ! INGREDIENTS 1 cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped 1 avocado, sliced lengthways 3 cups lettuce of your choice, chopped up ¼ cup fresh coriander/cilantro, finely chopped 1 medium red pepper, sliced ¼ cup roasted salted peanuts […]

Golden Vegan Pancakes with Cappuccino and Coconut Topping

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A rich yet light pancake.  I have made many versions, but this is by far the best – it’s got a crunch about it, it’s got a beautiful golden colour to it, it’s light in texture, yet rich in flavour, it’s better than egg pancakes I used to make and I am so excited to introduce you to the best vegan pancakes around (I have included a gluten free recipe here too – by substituting […]

Ricotta Cheese, Spinach & Garlic Deep Pan Quiche

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This deep pan quiche is chunky, decadent, awesome, child-friendly, moist yet holds its form, flavoursome, ideal for picnics, can be eaten hot or cold, filling, delicious, yes, mouthwatering vegan for YOU. INGREDIENTS FOR PASTRY ¾ cup plain unbleached flour ¾ cup wholemeal/wholewheat flour 1/3 cup margarine (non-dairy) a pinch of salt cold water (around 3-4 Tbsp) INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING 1 350g (12 oz) pack firm silken tofu 2 cups cooked spinach, drained from its water […]